Mustang Chamber Executive Director Becky Julian announced that she is resigning from her position to seek other employment opportunities.
Julian made the announcement to the Mustang Chamber Board of Directors last week. Her last day in Mustang will be Friday, Sept. 27.
"Building the strongest chamber in Canadian County for the past almost 10 years has been so incredibly rewarding," Julian said. "Words cannot express how much I appreciated that opportunity.
Julian said she accepted a position with Southcomm Publishing & Target Marketing Inc., a company that publishes Chamber Directories and Phone Applications. She said she will be working the Directory Publishing Division and will begin her first account at the Bakersfield California Chamber on Oct. 8.
"The reason for my decision is not based on any conflicts, politics or professional disappointments," she said. "I have been looking at other opportunities and have been praying about this for a while. We are on top as a chamber right now, moving in the right direction promoting our local businesses and we have positive relationships with our elected officials."
Julian said part of her decision was based on a traffic accident she was involved in.
"The outcome of my lawsuit was limited due to Tort Reform," she said. "It did not provide for the expense of future surgeries which my Infectious Joint Specialist and Orthopedic Surgeon assured me that I most certainly would need from a direct result of the car accident. In this new position, I can be compensated on a level that will allow me to feel security with the savings necessary for the additional surgeries I will require without the fear of Medicare rejecting my future medical needs based on the existing MRSA infection."
Mustang Parks and Recreation Director Justin Battles worked alongside Julian in coordinating various events.
"She always worked very hard and was a great asset to us," Battles said. "We worked on some major events together every year, including Western Days and Spooktacular. She will greatly missed."
Before coming to Mustang, Julian worked for the Main Street program at Stockyard City in Oklahoma City.
"When I first came here, there were 130 chamber members. Now there are 270," she said. "Our chamber has received state and national awards. It has been an incredible journey."
Julian was given the state’s Chamber Executive of the Year Award in 2012 and also received the Mustang Ambassador Award.
A hiring committee has been formed to search for the chamber’s next director.
Julian will attend her final Mustang Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Thursday.
"This is such a difficult time to be leaving with all the new businesses coming to town and there are a lot of exciting things happening in Mustang right now," she said. "I love this community and everyone here has been like family to me."